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Ruben Studdard: ‘Biggest Loser’ gave me a second chance

Ruben Studdard officially has his groove back. The soulful singer, who lost 119 pounds during his stint on “The Biggest Loser,” told TODAY that he never imagined he’d end up with such positive results when he agreed to do the show last spring.

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“I (did) this for me; this was for my life,” he said after Tuesday’s season finale. “I’m so excited I got to take the time and do this. It was something I could do for me, and nobody else. This show has given me a second chance to live the best life I can live. I am going to be the healthiest Ruben Studdard I can be.”

Ruben developed a close relationship with his trainer, Dolvett Quince, who said he is happy Ruben ultimately decided to put his fears aside and come to the ranch.

“He did have his reservations about coming on the show, (but) I think Ruben accomplished finding the better version of himself,” Dolvett told TODAY.

Dolvett — who also trained surprisingly trim champ Rachel Frederickson, and confirmed that he will be back as a trainer next season — said he couldn’t be prouder of Ruben.

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“He lost over 100 pounds, which says he’s committing (to being) a healthier version of himself,” the trainer said. “He has a new album out, and he has a bigger smile than he ever has before.”

Ruben, who performed his brand-new single “Meant to Be” live on the finale, said he has continued to use what he learned on the ranch to help him maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“I’ve been working out every day and have really made a positive change in my life,” he said. “I got some shocking news this season when I found out I was type 2 diabetic, so I’ve been working hard every day to change that.”

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    'Biggest Loser' 15: Before and after

    After weeks of grueling workouts and big changes to their eating habits, the contestants of season 15 show off their fab new bodies.

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    Rachel Frederickson
    Starting weight: 260 lbs.
    Finale weight: 105 lbs.
    Lost: 155 lbs., 59.62% of body weight

    The season 15 champ of "Biggest Loser" and winner of the $250,000 prize is 24-year-old voice-over artist Rachel.

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    Tumi Oguntala
    Starting weight: 319 lbs.
    Finale weight: 144 lbs.
    Lost: 175 lbs., 54.86% of body weight

    The 41-year-old from New York became the at-home champ and took the $100,000 prize.

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    David Brown -

    David Brown
    Starting weight: 409 lbs.
    Finale weight: 187 lbs.
    Lost: 222 lbs., 54.28% of body weight

    The 43-year-old project manager came in second place.

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    Bobby Saleem
    Starting weight: 358 lbs.
    Finale weight: 170 lbs.
    Lost: 188 lbs., 52.51% of body weight

    The 29-year-old lawyer from Chicago finished in third place.

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    Marie Pearl
    Starting weight: 249 lbs.
    Finale weight: 138 lbs.
    Lost: 111 lbs., 44.58% of body weight

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    Craig Arrington
    Starting weight: 385 lbs.
    Finale weight: 223 lbs.
    Lost: 162 lbs., 42.08% of body weight

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    Chelsea Arthurs
    Starting weight: 241 lbs.
    Finale weight: 146 lbs.
    Lost: 95 lbs., 39.42% of body weight

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    Jennifer Messer
    Starting weight: 266 lbs.
    Finale weight: 162 lbs.
    Lost: 104 lbs., 39.10% of body weight

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    Jay Sheets -

    Jay Sheets
    Starting weight: 297 lbs.
    Finale weight: 183 lbs.
    Lost: 114 lbs., 38.38% of body weight

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    Matt Hooper
    Starting weight: 356 lbs.
    Finale weight: 223 lbs.
    Lost: 133 lbs., 37.36% of body weight

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    Fernanda Abarca
    Starting weight: 250 lbs.
    Finale weight: 163 lbs.
    Lost: 87 lbs., 34.80% of body weight

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    Tanya Winfield
    Starting weight: 262 lbs.
    Finale weight: 175 lbs.
    Lost: 87 lbs., 33.21% of body weight

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    Holley Mangold
    Starting weight: 351 lbs.
    Finale weight: 255 lbs.
    Lost: 96 lbs., 27.35% of body weight

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    Ruben Studdard
    Starting weight: 462 lbs.
    Finale weight: 343 lbs.
    Lost: 119 lbs., 25.76% of body weight

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    Hap Holmstead
    Starting weight: 403 lbs.
    Finale weight: 322 lbs.
    Lost: 81 lbs., 20.10% of body weight

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Ruben ended the season at 343 pounds, which is nearly 26 percent less than his 462 pound starting weight. The man known as the Velvet Teddy Bear said that his new healthy lifestyle may even give him a second chance when it comes to romance.

“I try to keep my personal life private, but (I will say) that I am still definitely single, but, you know, maybe that will change now!”

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